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Last week, during the WH press conference marking the end of the first 100 days of his second term, Obama continued his call for a "balanced" approach.  I've begun calling this "taking pennies from the rich and dollars from the poor."  In a bout of procrastination and creativity, I came up with the following:

"Take pennies from the rich and dollars from the poor
Because that makes balance, a word with meaning no more"

After that, I decided to create some more austerity rhymes.

"Our population is aging, seniors growing in ranks!
So it's time to cut Social Security and invest in more tanks!"

"We must 'fix the debt' or else the economy will burst
Or just diddle on climate--Nature can get there first"

"The confidence fairy wants cuts, she wants them today!
So tighten that belt and get ready to flay!"

"The economy's no household/You're no German hausfraus,
So stop tightening this belt--Eek, ouch, oo, ouch, OW!"

"A Simpson, A Bowles, a Grand Bargain Deal,
So that Grandma Gets Catfood for her next Xmas meal"

"The Krug'll tell you once.  He'll tell you again.
Deficits are good in a recession, just never cut then."

"No more chemo for that patient, no more meals on that wheel.
I'm flying to Reno! Peace out now--'s been real!"

"No Head Start for the kids, they'll just have to wait.
But the flights out of National--they'll never be late!"

"For schools, fewer teachers.  Their budgets just sank.
Go get a job over there. Build an unwanted tank!"

"The national parks are closing, the recreation will slow.
No better way to make sure the economy can grow!"

I hope to come up with more, and I would love to hear any that you can devise.

Originally posted to Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:56 AM PDT.

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